Organization: Cincinnati 2030 District, an initiative of Green Umbrella
Join us for the 50% Solutions Series!
Practical Building Blocks to Deep Green and Healthy Buildings: From Pre-construction to Operations
Sponsor and Guest Presenter
Skanska’s Matt Williams and Myrrh Caplan will share a variety of practices, tools, and choices that have been providing the greatest value and results for their clients.
Matt comes from the construction execution side of the table and Myrrh comes from the sustainability consulting side, to show holistically how forward-thinking clients and their projects are staying ahead of trends and future goals.
We start with the client’s mission and values, sharing tools around reducing carbon and environmental impacts, discussing certification programs that help us in envisioning and providing proof, and highlighting specific systems and materials that are moving to the front of the line in terms of health.
Next we will share the deep green approach in construction that was critical to the success of The Kendeda Building at Georgia Tech, considered one of the most green projects in the world and currently in the performance phase of application for the Living Building Challenge certification.
Then we will close with how a proactive facility management guide, with early development starting in design, can inform better design as well as save time and money leading into occupancy and operations.
Myrrh Caplan, Sustainability Director and National Lead for Community Involvement for Skanska USA. She oversees sustainability efforts in multiple US regions, advising and managing projects seeking certification in LEED, WELL, Living Building Challenge, Net Zero, ParkSmart, and others, as well as assisting clients with organizational strategy-setting. She also leads US initiatives around carbon, community investment, and healthy buildings.
With over two decades in the construction and development industries, her resume includes more than 200 projects, and accreditations in LEED (USGBC), WELL (IWBI), FitWel (CAD), Parksmart (USGBC) and Envision (ISI). Myrrh’s most recent experience includes advising city clients and campus owners on the pursuit of Net Zero goals and on incorporating resiliency measures into their master planning. She is also currently an engaged co-chair on multiple community-oriented committees. Myrrh hails from Williamsburg, Virginia, is the proud mom of Elizabeth, makes killer bourbon cream cupcakes, and has an abundant organic vegetable garden that is greatly benefiting from her decrease in work travel.
Matt Williams, Project Manager for the Special Projects, Skanska USA. Matt was born and raised in Georgia. He has been married for 11 years to his wife Lisa, with children, Hudson (6) and Ellie (4), and two old pups: Sperry and Sadie. Matt attended the Georgia Institute of Technology for his B.S. in Building Construction. His 14-year career with Skanska began as an Internship while still at Tech in 2006 and he has been with the company ever since.
He began as a laborer, went into MEP estimation, and then on to our Special Projects Operations group specializing in fast paced interior projects. He is currently working with our Aviation group on the T North Extension project for Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Signature projects over the years have been the Alston + Bird Corporate offices in Atlanta, the KPMG Corporate Offices in Atlanta, and, most recently, The Kendeda Building for Innovative & Sustainable Design at Georgia Tech, one of the most green and healthy buildings in the world.
Marcus Thompson, Community Engagement Director, Skanska Building USA. Marcus is a 2008 Seton Hall Graduate. In his role Marcus forms strategic relationships with community partners to facilitate the achievement of goals as it pertains to diversity and inclusion spend and participation. Prior to joining Skanska, Marcus held the title of HYPE (Harnessing Young Professional Energy) Program Director for the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber. While in this position, Marcus led personal growth and leadership development initiatives for all professionals in the three state, sixteen county MSA.
In his free time, Marcus serves on several boards including President of the Great Parks of Hamilton County board which is a government appointed position. He also serves on the Board of Trustees for the Center for Addiction Treatment, is a Board member for Council on Child abuse, is a member of the Cincinnati Zoo Ambassador Council, is a mentor, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Cincinnati Youth Collaborative. One of Marcus' favorite philanthropic positions is serving as Co-Director of Saturday Hoops, a growing group of friends and vulnerable kids who get together on Saturday morning (January through May) for fun, faith, and positive role modeling through a variety of activities.
Marcus was recognized as a Forty Under 40 Award Recipient (2018) by the Cincinnati Business Courier, and is a graduate of United Way BOLD (2015), Leadership Central Kentucky (2016) and C-Change, a leadership program ran through the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber (2019). Marcus earned a B.A. in Business Communications from Seton Hall University. He lives in Cincinnati, OH with his wife Ashley, and son Zechariah and their dog Miley.